I’ll be teaching at our churchs womens retreat this weekend, and John let me go hole up in our room for hours on Sunday… reading, researching, praying, re-writing (Oh, and popping advil like candy, for the constant headache that all the reading offers up. A scholars heart and a wonky left eyeball, each fighting for who will say “Uncle” first…!)
Lots of wadded up notebook paper on the floor, because there is too much to say, and only an hour to say it…and we all know that editing isn’t Brenda’s strong suit. When the class size was increased to 20 women at a time, I worried aloud to John that it might end up being more like a one-sided conversation than the small group discussion I had planned for 8 or so women. His reassurance? “Well, honey…one sided conversations are kind of your specialty.” (Sam would say “True, dat!” But then, he is not allowed “ghetto talk” anymore no matter how it makes his brothers laugh…)
I keep wondering how Pastors do this every week? (Neil, whatever your yearly wage is? I don’t believe it’s nearly enough!) What a weighty responsibility, to teach Gods Word correctly. But God promises wisdom to all who ask, and He has been faithful, and helped me along. I started with 6 pages, filled to the brim with bullet points and applicable Scripture and book quotes from ancient saints and opinions and experiences and practical ideas and more…. then, like Gideon before battle, God stripped it all away, down to just two main points.
immediately, I started to wonder…was it really enough!? Then I had a duh moment:
I am teaching on the discipline of SIMPLICITY.
Two points is probably just right!